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  • Just Come Over

  • Escape to New Zealand Series, Book 12
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

Rhys Fletcher is not in love with his sister-in-law. That would be a very, very bad idea, and he doesn’t entertain bad ideas. He also doesn’t lie to himself. Both of those things can’t be true, so he’ll do what he’s done since the long-ago night when his brother, Dylan, turned up in an Auckland bar after a brutal rugby match between their two teams, and introduced his new girlfriend - a dark-eyed, much-too-young girl named Zora. He’ll lie. Now, his brother’s gone, and Rhys is back in New Zealand and settling into his new job as the head coach of the Auckland Blues

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He meant what he said and he said what he meant!

  • By eeebailey on 03-07-19

Just Come Over...and Just Love This Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Just Come Over. The title expresses an easiness and simplicity that seems to indicate a sweet romance novel. And, in the end, it is. Yet the strong characters, hard choices and roller coaster rides found throughout the pages takes this book WAY beyond nice and easy.

Other reviewers have given good summaries of the story and characters, so I am not going to do that here. Instead, I want to talk about Rosalind James and Emma Wilder and why you need to listen to this book.

Rosalind continues to amaze and dazzle with the depth of the characters and storylines. In previous reviews, I've stated I don't know how she does it- how she manages to continue giving us fresh, new characters and original storylines that are emotionally charged, sexy, intriguing and downright wonderful to read. The passion and joy she brings to her writing shine through.

In this story, Rosalind takes sensitive topics and delves into them instead of glossing over them. Not only does this give the characters depth, it also allows the reader to understand why they make the decisions/choices they do. And she does not shy away from the emotions involved in making and living with the decisions/choices. This is so refreshing in novels and especially in romance novels.

Emma Wilder's narration is a wonder. Her characterizations are spot-on. I truly have never heard an adult do such justice with children's voices as Emma does with Casey and Isaiah. I would almost swear there were other narrators!!

The depth of feeling Emma creates with Zora's voice is also masterful.

Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, you will appreciate the story, the characters, Emma's narration, and Rosalind's wonderful talent more if you start with the first book of the series.

So. Just Come Over...and read this book!

I was given a copy of the audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions stated are solely my own.

  • American Operator

  • A Tier One Story (Tier One Thrillers, Book 4)
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,632

A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria. But when all communications are disabled by an attack in Turkey, Dempsey finds himself with no backup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrews and Wilson have done it again!

  • By shelley on 11-08-18

My Heart is Still Pounding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This is book four in the series. And what a series it is! All of the books are fast-paced, exceptionally well-written thrillers that will knock your socks off.

The authors, Brian Andrews and Jeffry Wilson, work together seamlessly. The characters are well thought out, complex, intriguing, and believable. They are flawed, allowing the reader to relate.

There are many twists and turns throughout the story so it never gets stale. And just when you think you know what's going to happen next...it doesn't. I stayed up WAY too late a couple of nights because I couldn't stop- I just had to know what was next.

The amazingly talented Ray Porter is the narrator. The term "narrator" just doesn't give justice or kudos to Ray. He actually becomes the characters, giving each a depth and nuance not always found in narrators. His tone, inflections and the way he is able to give life to each character amazing. He is a joy to listen to and he is one of my all-time favorite narrators.

Although you could read this as a stand alone, why would you? You will understand the characters, their histories and their motivations if you start at book one. Besides, don't you want to have some sleepless nights, too?

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  • Sexy as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 3
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Brett Hunter’s life isn’t unicorns and rainbows, and it sure isn’t sparkles. He’s a businessman, a disciplined man, a money man, and if he ever believed in magic, it was a long time ago. He’s not a hero, and he doesn't play one on TV. Oh, and he really doesn't like the water. What’s he doing, then, on an Australian beach in a custom-made Italian suit, up to his waist in the waves and helping a red-haired mermaid save the day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best yet!

  • By Charlotte on 11-29-18

Montana Meets Australia- What Can Go Right?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I wish I could somehow look into Rosalind James' brain and figure out how she does it. How she keeps writing better and better stories with better and more developed characters, fabulous stories and amazing scenery. Seriously- I really want to know how she does what she does and how she is able to create her stories that continue to keep readers/listeners sighing and coming back for more.

This is book three in the Sinful series and focuses on two characters that were introduced briefly in books one and two. (Brett plays a larger role in book one than Willow.) I am so happy Willow and Brett have their own story because Brett especially was very intriguing and Willow needed some romance in her life.

Much of the story takes place in Byron Bay, Australia rather than Sinful, Montana. This gives Rosalind the opportunity to allow us a peek into that wonderful locale with her fabulous scenery descriptions.

Emma Wilder continues to dazzle with her narration. Her characterizations are so spot on- her voices exactly are right. Her Aussie accents makes the listener feel like we are truly in Australia.

Other reviewers have described the story, so I don't need to. What I do need to do is urge you to listen this book. If you enjoy romance, super sexy love scenes, great characters, beautiful scenery and a great storyline, listen to this book! Even though this can be read as a stand alone, urge you to read the series in order. It will make you love this book more!

  • Tempting as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana Series, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Rafe Blackstone may play the sexiest werewolf superhero to ever melt a woman's...heart...on the big screen, but Lily Hollander has already been bitten once by an actor, and once was enough. When she's fooled all over again, it's time to put that wayward heart in lockdown mode, especially once Rafe starts aiming his overprotective streak at her identical twin. Lily may seem like the softer side of the twinship, but nobody messes with her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mmm ever so tempting!

  • By Lolli on 07-27-18

Temptingly Sinful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I recently read the Kindle version (and I wrote a review) and now I was able to listen to the Audible. I love listening to Emma Wilder. In fact, when I read the book, it was her voice I heard. Emma narrated the first book in the series, which of course I listened to.

The story centers around Lily Hollander (twin sister to Paige) and Rafe Blackstone (Jace Blackstone's brother) and their romance. The story is so much fun to read/listen to as both so stubborn characters work out their issues to finally find their happily ever after love.

Emma Wilder is masterful at Rafe and Jace's Aussie accents and manages to make Lily and Paige distinguishable. She infuses all the characters, especially Bailey (the young child Lily befriends), with so much warmth, love, pathos and just plain personality that it is a joy to listen to.

This is the second book in the series and my strong recommendation is that you read/listen to the first book first. You will enjoy the books so much more.

I received a free copy of this Audible book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Just Say (Hell) No

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 11
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Marko Sendoa isn't a beach man. He's not an Auckland man. He's a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It's not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he's done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he'll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung. He doesn't need a kitten. He doesn't need a pregnant cousin. He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of James’ best

  • By Virginia on 04-27-18

Just Say (Hell) YES & Listen to this Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Any additional comments?

This is the eleventh book in the Escape to New Zealand series and I think it is one of the strongest, most character-rich stories in the series. To say I loved it is an understatement! (I read the Kindle version of the book first and wrote a review on it, which you can find in the Kindle reviews section).

Other reviewers here give you a good idea of the story, so I'm going to skip that and focus on the narrator, Emma Wilder, who has narrated the last few books in the series.

Her narration is, in a word, awesome! She tells the story in a manner that takes the listener inside the story- as if we are there watching it unfold. Even though I know what is going to happen, her storytelling is so in-the-moment that I want to find out how she will make the characters act and react to each scene.

Ms. Wilder's accents and different voices for each of the characters allows me to know who is speaking without needing her to identify them. That, to me, is one of the great joys of listening to a master storyteller.

Please don't hesitate to add this to your collection of the Escape to New Zealand series. Even though you can listen to this as a stand-alone, please don't. You will enjoy it so much more if you listen to the previous books.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The words and opinions expressed here are my own.


  • Guilty as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin. Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. How hard could it be?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

  • By gdbkescape on 12-13-17

A New Series, Another Winner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Any additional comments?

Rosalind James has done it again with a new series! And this time, she has added a twist- twins switching places (this isn't a spoiler). The story is great, there is some mild suspense, some funny scenes, a really hunky hero, strong female hero, and has a lot of unexpected twists and turns.

Emma Wilder's narration is absolutely wonderful. Her voice characterizations are spot-on and exactly how you imagine the voices to sound. Her accents are also right on. She adds a great deal of depth to the characters at exactly the right time as she takes you into the story. It is a joy to listen to her make the story come alive and I can't wait to hear what she does with the next book in the series!

  • Crusader One

  • Tier One Thrillers, Book 3
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668

Nothing stops former Navy SEAL and Tier One operator John Dempsey from answering the call of duty - including a mission with the highest stakes he's ever faced. When one of the most brazen and lethal acts of terrorism rocks American and Israeli intelligence forces at the highest levels, Dempsey's ultracovert antiterror unit, Ember, mobilizes. But this operation isn't just a retaliatory strike by Ember; it's a mission of vengeance for Dempsey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrews & Wilson wrote another WINNER!!

  • By shelley on 12-08-17

WOW WOW WOW- What a Thrill!!!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Any additional comments?

Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson have become my favorite authors and this last book in the Tier One trilogy truly solidifies this. Holy cow, what a ride!

Because this is the third book in the series, I felt I knew the characters and their subtleties. However, Andrews and Wilson had some surprises up their collective sleeves that I didn't see coming. That is the mark of truly great writers- the fact that after two books, the third book still had new depths.

The story (and I'm not going to go into that here because I don't want to spoil anything) is fabulous with lots of twists, turns and OMG moments! That being said, PLEASE read the three books in order. Otherwise, you will not fully understand or appreciate the story or the characters.

Ray Porter is AMAZING. His narration brought this story (and the first two books in the series) to life. His skill with nuance, subtlety, despair, joy, and just great acting, is incredible. His ability to take one descriptive one-syllable word (trust me, you'll understand when you hear it) and draw it out to about 27 syllables with so much meaning is unmatched. I love these books- and I love them more because of Ray Porter!

This book has it all- action, adventure, plot twists & turns, great characters and Navy Seals. Need I say more??? Good. Now- BUY THIS BOOK!!!

  • St. Nick

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

When Santa Claus is a cop, you better watch out. It’s not looking like a very merry Christmas for San Diego cop Nick Pappas. Suspended from his job, alienated from his family, and persecuted by the press, he’s sorely tempted to turn his gun on himself. Except for his first name, he couldn’t possibly have less in common with jolly old St. Nicholas. But when a local mall decides it needs a secret Santa to help collar some vicious muggers preying on its holiday shoppers, Nick’s persuaded to red-suit up so as to take the naughty punks down and avert a ho-ho homicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonder Christmas Cop Story

  • By David I. Williams on 01-07-15

Santa Claus is Real!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-17

Any additional comments?

Sometimes you choose the book. Sometimes the book chooses you. This book chose me. This book chose me. St. Nick was featured on BookBub and the cover caught my eye. I bought it and the Audible on November 26 and began listening to it on November 28- the exact date the book begins (each chapter is dated). Eerie...

I adored this book. It's joyous, tearful, fun and not what you would expect.

The characters are so well developed that I felt I had known them for years. The story seems simple at the beginning. It's not. There are several twists and turns as Nick, the "Christmas Cop", realizes that life and Christmas, are miracles that are to be treasured.

Patrick Lawlor is a wonderful narrator and was perfect for this story. He became Nick. He became the other characters. He truly made the book. I know I would not have loved this book as much if anyone else had narrated it. (Check out his narration of the Leo Waterman novels).

Please, no matter what time of year you find this book, listen to it and discover what magic can happen when least expected!

  • No Kind of Hero

  • Portland Devils, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Beth Schaefer isn't just on the partnership track at her Portland law firm, she's in the lead. Unfortunately, she's about to fall at the finish line. When she makes a list of breakdown destinations, she can't even manage to choose between them. Which means she has to come home to Wild Horse, Idaho, for her breakdown. She has exactly 18.5 days of accumulated vacation time to devote to it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real people fall in love . . . again

  • By Michigan Reader on 08-30-17

Second Chance for First Love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Any additional comments?

I read and reviewed this book earlier this year. I loved it then and I love it even more after listening. The story is about a burnt-out attorney, Beth, who returns to her home town "on vacation" (her words for her "breakdown") and a single dad, Evan, to a baby girl. Beth and Evan were lovers almost 10 years ago, but their romance ended when Beth went to law school out of state. They get a second chance.

But the story is so much more than just the cliche of a second chance at love because the story has twists and turns and involves several characters, all of whom play important roles in Beth and Evan's story.

Rosalind slowly peels back the layers of Beth and Evan's back story about what happened 10 years ago, while concentrating on the here and now. She is masterful at this and I was never confused, as I am with other authors who try to go back and forth in time. Rosalind also has a gift of showcasing strong female characters who can hold their own with her equally strong male characters.

Tany Eby's narration is, once again, outstanding. She has different voices for all of the characters that absolutely fit their personalities. She infuses the characters' voices with the traits that totally fit them. I love listening to her- she is wonderful!

This is the second book in the Portland Devils series and I can't wait for the next. This can be listened to or read as a stand alone, but why would you when the first book (which introduces Evan along with other characters) is so good??

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Beijing Red

  • A Nick Foley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Alex Ryan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,156

When ex-Navy SEAL Nick Foley travels to China to find purpose and escape the demons of his past, he instead stumbles into a conspiracy his Special Forces training never prepared him for. A mysterious and deadly outbreak ravages a remote area of western China, and Nick finds himself the lead suspect in a bioterrorism investigation being conducted by China's elite Snow Leopard counter-terrorism unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense thriller or contempory science fiction?

  • By Wayne on 08-16-17

Great Thriller, Exciting and Intelligent Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-17

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a book that has intelligent writing, a fascinating premise, characters that you can relate to and a true page turner, you have come to the right place!

Alex Ryan, the author, is actually Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson who write the Tier One books (check out my reviews.).

Beijing Red is the story of a brilliant scientist gone mad and the people/agencies trying to stop him. There is action/adventure, politics, intrigue and characters that you really care about.The writing is first rate and the science is accurate and believable. It is so cool to listen to a book that has action/adventure and yet is science (sometimes scary science!). Well done!!!

MacLeod Andrews is absolutely first rate as the narrator. He is able to do the accents justice and each character has a different "voice". He is fabulous to listen to and adds the right blend of humor and drama for each character.

Please, please, please do yourself a favor and either read or listen to this book and the next one in the series, Hong Kong Black.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful